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    Donaldson set for Wallabies warm-up against France

    Melissa Woods
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    August 23, 2023 1:35AM


    Shock selection Ben Donaldson could be in line for his first Wallabies appearance of the year when Australia face hosts France in their World Cup warm-up.

    Donaldson won a spot on the plane to Paris ahead of veteran Quade Cooper and Jones said he wanted to get some game time into the 24-year-old, who has only played two Tests with both coming on last year's Spring tour.

    The Wallabies face one of the tournament favourites at Stade de France early Monday morning (AEST) in their last hit-out before their opening pool match against Georgia at the same venue on Sunday September 10 (AEDT).

    Jones hinted France might not field a full-strength side but said the main focus for the Wallabies was the World Cup rather than beating Les Bleus.

    "Everything's about the World Cup - our target is the World Cup - so this is an opportunity for us to take another step forward," Jones said from the Wallabies base in Paris.

    "We're playing France but we might not be playing France.

    "Whilst we're certainly not disregarding France, we're not treating it as purely a training run, our aim is to get right for the World Cup.

    "We've got four pool games, which are all going to be important, the first one against Georgia so this is an important part of our preparations for the Georgia game."

    Jones said that prop Taniela Tupou (rib) is set to be available for selection while centre Samu Kerevi and backrower Josh Kemeny who both have hand injuries need another week.

    He was happy with how Donaldson and also maligned winger Suliasi Vunivalu had been training.

    "They're good options and both, on their arrival into France, have trained well, so they're putting their name up to be considered for the 23 against France and it would certainly be good to get a bit of game time into each of them," Jones said.

    He said that Donaldson had been mostly training at fullback rather than five-eighth and that he fitted with their new attacking ethos.

    "As a player, who can play 10 and 15 and a goal kicker, he's a pretty important player for us," Jones said of Donaldson, who is moving from the NSW Waratahs to the Western Force next Super season.

    "He's got the skill set we want, which is to be able to play the game as it comes.

    "We're restructuring our attack to be much more, we want to play to play ... and that suits his natural game.

    "Coming out of Randwick, that's how Randwick play, a more natural style of game, so I've been really impressed by what he's doing."

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    Are you bloody serious. He is basically admitting that he has only been selected because he is from Randwick. This is a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garry Owen View Post
    Are you bloody serious. He is basically admitting that he has only been selected because he is from Randwick. This is a joke.
    Are you expressing surprise?I knew that as soon as his name was mentioned in Eddie's second press conference.

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    And there I thought he was selected because he had signed for the Force Ö.

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    Is this confirmed as a full Cap Test?

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    Good to see Isaac FL getting a run against France off the bench Sunday night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jules View Post
    Good to see Isaac FL getting a run against France off the bench Sunday night.
    Nice. Just saw him in a wallabies video and got very excited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Is this confirmed as a full Cap Test?
    Yes

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    If tonight goes as expected, Fiji will be the highest ranked team in Pool C going into the World Cup.

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    How's our easy step thru to the quarters looking??

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    Quote Originally Posted by palitu View Post
    Nice. Just saw him in a wallabies video and got very excited.

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    Great game, Fucken battled right through to the 80!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    How's our easy step thru to the quarters looking??
    At the moment, Pool C has the teams ranked 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 16th: Fiji, Australia, Wales, Georgia & Portugal. No other group is tighter.

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    Fiji a deadset realistic chance of knocking off Australia or Wales and going through to the quarters.

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    Anything is possible. You'd like to think we play the Drua often enough to know how to manage Fijian tactics. England looked like they hadn't given it much thought.

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    Are Samoa a chance as well and in then who doesnít advance from pool D?

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